Mongolian ruling party votes on new prime minister

Mongolia's ruling People's Party is voting on a new prime minister after dismissing the previous one over allegations of corruption.

The party's conference was meeting Monday night to decide among three candidates, including the deputy prime minister. The candidate chosen will be approved as prime minister when parliament resumes next week.

In a speech to the gathering, the party chairman and speaker of parliament, known as the Grand Hural, Enkhbold Mieygombo, called for an end to cronyism in filling government positions.

Whoever is elected prime minister will need to restore unity within the ruling party and address critical economic and social issues facing the landlocked country of 3 million people, which is sagging under the burden of a national debt of about $23 billion, or twice its annual economic output.